Golden Goal

by David Starr

At his new school, Dylan joins a soccer team of immigrant and refugee students. Getting to know his teammates provides Dylan with a lesson on teamwork and opens his eyes about real hardship.

When Dylan doesn't get off to a good start at his new school and gets in trouble for fighting, he has to join the soccer team with a group of immigrant and refugee students who play on a rough, gravel field. Mocked by his old team, Dylan becomes determined to bring his new team to the championship finals. Getting to know his teammates opens Dylans eyes about hardship, and shows him the value of a goal that wins in sudden-death play — a golden goal.

Golden Goal is one of four new books that offer readers insight into the experiences of refugee youth as they adjust to life in North America.

About the Author

David Starr
DAVID STARR is the principal of Byrne Creek Community School in Burnaby, BC. David is the author of several other fiction and non-fiction books and has spoken nationally and internationally on community and refugee education.


"The vocabulary is very suitable for the intended audience. Dialogue is extensive and realistic. The fast-paced plot adds to the enjoyment of the story ... The chapters end at a high point which would make this an excellent read-aloud choice ... Golden Goal would appeal to students who like soccer, team sports and realistic fiction. Highly Recommended."
Deborah Mervold, Educator,, CM: Canadian Review of Materials
"This is a fine book for reluctant readers or those wanting a good friends/sports book."
L Lee, Librarian,, NetGalley
"Rated G: Good, even great at times, generally useful!"
Lesley Little, Resource Links


Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection - Canadian Children's Book Centre
Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award

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